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11th

2016

With mega runway, Kannur airport in top four: -


Kannur International Airport, Kerala’s second green field airport coming up in public-private partnership mode in Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s home turf, is poised to join the elite group of airports with 4,000-metre runways. The fourth international airport in the State will be in the same class as Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, (4,430 m), Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad (4,260 m), and Bengaluru International Airport (4,120 m). At present, the premier airport in Thiruvananthapuram has a 3,996 m runway, while the tabletop runway of Kozhikode airport is 2,863 m long. Cochin International Airport, the first green field airport built in PPP mode, has a runway of 3,400 m. Runways of 4,000 m or more can handle large, wide-bodied aircraft such as Airbus A-380 or Antonov AN-225. The largest aircraft operated by Indian carriers now are variants of the Boeing 777. Flights offering the Boeing 777-300ER would thus be important to the new airport,



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